Eric W. Dolan
July 6, 2011
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday halted the forced medication of Jared Lee Loughner, the young man on trial for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, until a panel can hear arguments from his lawyers and prosecutors,*CNN reported.
Loughner’s defense attorney, Judy Clark,*filed a motion to fight the involuntary administration of anti-psychotic medications, claiming it violated the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered Loughner to undergo a mental evaluation in Missouri, despite objections that transferring him from Tucson could worsen his mental state. Burns ruled in May that Loughner was mentally incompetent to stand trial.
The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners decided on June 14 to involuntarily and forcibly medicate Loughner on the grounds that he is a danger to himself and others. He reportedly threw a plastic chair against the wall of his cell and spit on his attorney over two months ago.
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